Dear Mother Nature… You don’t have to go home… but you can’t stay here. We are done with you… seriously. Beat it. Make tracks. See ya later alligator… After a while crocodile. But since you decided to appear (hopefully for the last time) in the form of another Nor’Easter yesterday I thought it prudent to do what I do best on Snow Days. MAKE SOUP. But not just any soup, I whipped up a special batch of a resounding Witzend favorite- Roasted Tomato Bisque. Seriously, the Wee Ones lap this up and mop up every last bit of goodness with their grilled cheeses then ask for more. We love it THAT much. So let’s just call it THE BEST TOMATO SOUP YOU WILL EVER HAVE.
Sure, you can find a myriad of posts for “the BEST” Tomato Soup out there but, is it this one? No, but it should be. Therefore, you can just stop your scrolling and get cracking on pulling together the ingredients before spring arrives in full force and you regret one last soup and sandwich dinner – I promise, you won’t regret it.
You are still here? Then you must be curious as to what kind of magic I throw into my simmering pot to make my kids lap up homemade soup with such gusto. Here you go… my secret ‘Soup Weapons’, my pieces de résistance that go in almost every soup I make. Wine? Yes, that’s always in there, but these secrets are my little added touch of love that takes the flavor of a soup from standard to spectacular (yes, soup CAN be spectacular!). Roasted Onion Crèam and Parmesan Cheese.
WHAAAAAAT is the big idea here… onions? Sure… but not just any old sweat-in-the pan onions. SLOW ROASTED ONIONS that are then pureed and act like CREAM! Parm? No… Not the cheap grated kind. No, not fresh grated mixed in. We are talking a big old Butt-End of a fresh wedge. HUH? Yep. Trust me… game changer. Here is this beauty (let’s name her Stella) getting ready to head into the pot to take one for the team. Good luck Stella… may the force be with you.
The result? A depth changing yumminess your soup has never seen the likes of. Does it add calories? Sure. Not sure how many though and honestly I don’t give a rip. Actually don’t even worry about it because this baby also has butter, and if you want at the end you can add an extra touch of heavy cream to make it even more bisque-like. And don’t ask me for nutritional info, ‘cause I have no idea.
So without further adieu, and for those of you who have read this far, here is my recipe for Roasted Tomato Soup – P.S… YES you should serve it with a big old fat grilled cheese but, even better in my book (and my preferred way of devouring the goodness), is topping it with crispy crumbled bacon, slivered fresh basil and crumbled goat cheese. Ohhhhhhhhh Yeahhhhhhh. That’s all for now, CLICK HERE for the RECIPE and let’s hope that next time you see me there will be NO MORE SNOW DAY mumbo jumbo and I will be stressing about wearing shorts and shaving my legs.